Trinity University Welcomes New HCAD Professor, Bradley Beauvais
Bradley Beauvais, Ph.D., FACHE joined the HCAD faculty full-time in August after several years as an adjunct professor. He brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective gained during a 20-year military career.
After earning a B.S. in Agriculture Business at Colorado State University, he entered the Army with an eye toward the future. Aware that post-military life would require some career specialization, he became an Army Medical Service Corps officer specializing in health care finance. His Army tenure included stints as CFO at Keller Army Community Hospital at the U.S. Military Academy, then Associate Professor and later Deputy Program Director at the Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration. Most recently, he was Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the Army Medical Department Center and School on Fort Sam Houston, before retiring as a Lt. Colonel in September 2015. Along the way, he earned an M.A. in economics from the University of Oklahoma, an M.B.A. from Colorado State University and in 2007, a Ph.D. in health policy and administration from Pennsylvania State University. He has earned Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives, has served as a Fellow for the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education and has also earned a Fellowship from the Joseph M. Juran Center in Quality Leadership. His current research focuses on the intersection of health care organization finance and quality, including patient safety, process improvement and high reliability performance. His numerous publications have appeared in Hospital Topics, the Journal of Health Administration Education, the Journal of Health Care Quality, and the Journal of Health Care Finance.
“What I find enjoyable about teaching,” he says, “is that I get to look at health care through multiple lenses and have the ability to make an impact in the lives of many people I will never know.” He teaches health care finance, quality management and business case analysis for both the On Campus and Executive cohorts. He finds Trinity’s Executive Program especially interesting because its students are dealing with actual issues in real time.
Beauvais’ thoughts on the state of the industry are unequivocal: “Once you get into the field, you realize that health care in this country is in chaos.” Although he believes the ACA is unsustainable and will require complete revamping, including a move towards an emphasis on wellness and prevention as opposed to sickness, he finds the field of health care “almost a divine calling” because there is so much good that can be accomplished.
A native of Rapid City, South Dakota, Beauvais lives in Cibolo, with his wife, Nancy. Their eldest daughter is studying biomedical engineering at Arizona State University while the younger two daughters attend high school in Cibolo. A self- described foodie, who enjoys spending time with family, he also enjoys pheasant hunting with his dad and still has a quarter horse breeding business with his mom who also offers short term equine boarding at what he calls a kind of “horse hotel.”
On joining the faculty full time, Beauvais says, “It’s truly an honor and a privilege to be associated with Trinity University. The department has a strong, strong program, deep alumni base and they are doing great things.” While attending the recent gala celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the HCAD program, he made a startling observation: “I looked around the room and realized that the vast majority of licensed beds in this country are represented by Trinity alumni. The program’s potential reach is vast and it is challenging to live up to that set of expectations.” Undoubtedly, he will.